Borneo is the world’s third largest island and is very much considered to be an intriguing, unique and exciting place to visit. Covered by Indonesia to the south, Malaysia to the north and the tiny Kingdom of Brunei to the north west, it’s cultural diversity is immense. Most international tourists tend to visit Malaysian Borneo as this part of the island is more accessible, benefits from some amazing beaches in the south China Sea and is of course synonymous with the famous Wildmen of Borneo – the orangutans!
Whether you’re looking for an adventure holiday, a culturally diverse experience or a wonderful beach holiday, you can get it all in Borneo. Malaysian Borneo is split into 2 states – Sarawak to the south and Sabah to the north. Whilst some tours will span this entire region, most visitors to this island will travel to Sabah to stay close to the city of Kota Kinabalu with it’s amazing beaches, National Park, Mount Kinabalu and of course its proximity to some of the wild populations of orangutans. The latter is often the main reason for anyone’s visit to Borneo and can be in the form of a visit to one of the orangutan orphanages such as the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre or a tour to the northern point of Sabah to the Danum Valley where these magnificent creatures can be found in their natural and undisturbed habitat. It really is a once if a lifetime experience.
Although this part of Borneo is officially Malaysian, there are also many cultural differences here compared to the mainland and it is important to experience these during your trip. Whether it’s visiting a local family for an overnight homestay, tasting the wonderful local seafood cuisine, enjoying a tour of the stilt villages or taking a ride on the Borneo railway, there really is plenty to do and see which will enrich your stay.
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